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52 Pick-Up

Overview

Wealthy metallurgist Harry Mitchell Roy Scheider lives to regret his extramarital affair with pretty young Cini Kelly Preston. A trio of vicious blackmailers John Glover, Robert Trebor, Clarence Williams III show Mitchell a videotape of his most recent roll in the sack with Cini. They demand a huge amount of hush money, but Mitchell calls their bluff, going so far as to tell his politicially ambitious wife Barbara Ann-Margret about the affair. But the extortionists haven't even gotten started yet. Tying Mitchell ...
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Overview

Wealthy metallurgist Harry Mitchell Roy Scheider lives to regret his extramarital affair with pretty young Cini Kelly Preston. A trio of vicious blackmailers John Glover, Robert Trebor, Clarence Williams III show Mitchell a videotape of his most recent roll in the sack with Cini. They demand a huge amount of hush money, but Mitchell calls their bluff, going so far as to tell his politicially ambitious wife Barbara Ann-Margret about the affair. But the extortionists haven't even gotten started yet. Tying Mitchell to a chair, they force him to watch a tape of Cini being horribly murdered-with the evidence arranged so that Mitchell will be accused of the crime. But Mitchell remains firm in his refusal to pay up, whereupon he mounts a "fight fire with fire" plan all his own. 52 Pick Up was based on a novel by Elmore Leonard, which was previously filmed in 1984 as The Ambassador.
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Editorial Reviews

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This early adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel and screenplay has its interesting moments but, like Stick and other 1980s versions of Leonard's work, doesn't quite capture the offbeat humorous tone of later, more successful Leonard stories such as Get Shorty or Jackie Brown. The blame can probably be laid on director John Frankenheimer, who is a master craftsman with action and suspense but is notoriously short on humor; arguably no American filmmaker really knew how to combine humor and murderous mayhem to such delirious effect until Quentin Tarantino did it in 1994's Pulp Fiction. Still, the dialogue is sharp, and Frankenheimer mixes sleaze and suspense well. John Glover, as a gleefully sociopathic extortionist, and Clarence Williams III, as his loony drugged-out cohort, suggest the over-the-top possibilities that Tarantino later brought to life. Watch for Mrs. John Travolta, actress Kelly Preston, in an early role as the doomed girlfriend of businessman Roy Scheider.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2015
  • UPC: 738329150624
  • Original Release: 1986
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  • Source: Kl Studio Classics
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 97,079

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roy Scheider Harry Mitchell
Ann-Margret Barbara Mitchell
Vanity Doreen
John Glover Alan Raimy
Robert Trebor Leo Franks
Lonny Chapman Jim O'Boyle
Kelly Preston Cini
Clarence Williams III Bobby Shy
Doug McClure Averson
Tom Byron Party Goer
John Francis Policeman
Technical Credits
John Frankenheimer Director
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